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16/06/2015

Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s Skills Pledge Scoops National Award 

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The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP’s) Skills Pledge initiative has been awarded the prestigious President’s Award by the National Institute of Adult and Continuing Education (NIACE), the organisation that promotes lifelong learning.

The President’s Award is the premier accolade at the NIACE award ceremony, which takes place on Monday 15th June in London, during Adult Learning Week, and it is the first time that it has been awarded for the work of a regional organisation.  Last year’s recipient was food service retailer McDonald’s Restaurants UK Limited.

The Humber LEP launched its Skills Pledge in 2013.  It’s aim is to promote the value of investing in skills and training to demonstrate the significant benefits that such investment can bring to businesses, employees, the local community and economy.

Mike Parker, Vice Chair of the Humber LEP and Chair of the LEP’s Employment and Skills Board who received the award on Monday said: “Receiving this award is an honour and a great platform from which we can continue the work we are doing around skills and training with people of all age groups ps to help bridge the local skills gap.

“As a LEP, we are in a unique position to work with employers, local councils, trainers and organisations like JobCentrePlus to develop clear plans that can help their local economies grow.  Enabling continuous learning opportunities for local people is integral to those plans and through the Skills Pledge we are supporting businesses to become more competitive, more resilient and ready for economic change.

“The Humber LEP’s Skills Pledge has been widely welcomed by businesses as a single contact point for information about training and skills and offers guidance, resources and related initiatives to support business growth.”

The Humber LEP’s Skills Pledge invites businesses to sign up to the following six individual pledges:

  • Invest in increasing the skills off our workforce
  • Mentor a budding entrepreneur
  • Offer a work placement to a young person or adult
  • Employ a graduate
  • Offer an Apprenticeship or Traineeship
  • Support the development of Employability Skills

Of the 313 businesses in the Humber region which have signed up to the Skills Pledge since it was established two years ago:

  • 170 are investing in workforce skills
  • 90 are mentoring a budding entrepreneur
  • 146 are offering work placements to young people or adults
  • 131 are offering Apprenticeships or Traineeships
  • 81 are employing a graduate
  • 156 are supporting the development of Employability Skills

Nick Stuart CB, President of NIACE explained that the award was given to the Humber LEP because:

“The campaign is ambitious for the region and has shown positive impacts for adults, businesses and the  local economy.  The partnerships which support the campaign have been vital in encouraging businesses across the region to invest in skills and training to help them be more competitive, more resilient and ready to adapt to economic change.”

For more information about the NIACE President’s Award to the Humber LEP for its Skills Pledge work see YouTube or view the interactive winners book here.